HIGHLAND — Last year's Utah state amateur came down to a clash between two Utah golfers, with Mitchell Schow edging teammate Blake Tomlinson.
Schow didn't return to defend his title this summer, after turning pro and debuting a week ago on the Korn Ferry Tour. But Tomlinson and his former teammates are back to contend for the 123rd Utah State Amateur Championship at Alpine Country Club.
In addition to Tomlinson, two other Utes advanced in match play Wednesday afternoon with serious upsets in the Round of 64 — the biggest upsets of the day.
Park City native Colton Tanner stunned stroke-play medalist and top-seeded Nick Nelson, 1 up in the first match of the first bracket at Alpine Country Club. Moments later, Tanner's college teammate Martin Leon upset second-seeded Elijah Turner, the former Lone Peak High standout in the highest-seeded match of the second bracket.
Tanner, the redshirt sophomore who attended the International Junior Golf Academy in South Carolina, took two of the final three holes to overturn a 1-up deficit against Nelson, the former Utah Valley golfer and 2007 state amateur champion who lives in Utah County.
Around the same time, Leon made short work of Turner, who plays collegiately at BYU. The native of Santiago, Chile, who won the 2017 South American Junior Championship took a 1-up lead at the turn and cruised with wins on Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 to seal the 5 and 3 victory.
Tomlinson also took a 5 and 3 victory over Brady Stanger. But not every Ute golfer found victory at Alpine.
Recent BYU graduate Kelton Hirsch took a 1-up win over Utah freshman Oscar Maxfield to advance to the Round of 32. Hirsch, the former Viewmont High standout and 2017 amateur champion, was joined in the winner's column by former BYU teammate Spencer Dunaway, the Hawaii amateur champion who dispatched Tyler Jones, 4 and 3, and BYU freshman Keanu Akina, who eliminated Brett Smith, 1 up.
BYU's Brock Goyen held off Westminster's Zach Dallimore in 19 holes, while Cougars teammate Max Brenchley held off David Jennings in 20 holes.
The round of 32 tees off Thursday at 7:30 a.m., with match play scheduled to continue for the final 16 at 11:40 a.m. at Alpine Country Club. Pairings and tee times are available at uga.org.
Match play results: Round of 64
Colton Tanner, Park City GC, d. Nick Nelson, Buck Club, 1 up
Luke Crapo, Ogden G&CC, d. Cameron Howe, Mountain Dell, 5 and 3
Tyson Tanner, Riverband, d. Tyler Wooldridge, Wolf Creek, 2 and 1
Denny Job, Buck Club, d. Brad Parker, Murray Parkway, 2 up
Kelton Hirsch, Oakridge, d. Oscar Maxfield, Mountain Dell, 1 up
Justin Shluker, Park City, d. Tyson Lund, River Oaks, 4 and 2
Preston Cheney, Willow Creek, d. Hunter Howe, The Barn, 3 and 2
Leo Torres, Cedar Ridge, d. Jacob Marx, Eagle Mountain, 3 and 2
Jake Godfrey, Talonscove, d. Christian James, Park City, 5 and 4
Cooper Jones, Youth on Course, d. Davis Heslington, Canyon Breeze, 1 up
Jack Sargent, Youth on Course, d. Derek Penman, Mountain View, 22 holes
Carl Jensen, Alpine, d. Adam Harris, Thanksgiving Point, 4 and 2
Carter Frisby, Youth on Course, d. Camron Saunders, Eagle Mountain, 1 up
Brock Nielson, Gladstone, d. Jake Griffin, Cedar Hills, 3 and 2
Blake Tomlinson, The Country Club, d. Brady Stanger, Stonebridge, 5 and 3
Evan Lawrence, Alpine, d. Steven Croft, Mountain Dell, 3 and 2
Martin Leon, Bonneville, d. Elijah Turner, Alpine, 5 and 3
Brendan Thomas, Bountiful Ridge, d. Ryan Seamons, Birch Creek, 2 and 1
Keanu Akina, Fox Hollow, d. Brett Smith, Green Spring, 1 up
Reed Nielsen, Valley View, d. Cooper Wayment, Birch Creek, 1 up
Jake Vincent, Cedar Ridge, d. Brock Sivulich, Glenmoor, 1 up
Dan Horner, Buck Club, d. Braxton Barber, Fox Hollow, 19 holes
John Owen, Mountain View, d. Ron Davis, Alpine, 1 up
David Timmins, Willow Creek, d. Josh Howe, Eaglewood, 2 and 1
Spencer Dunaway, Timpanogos, d. Tyler Jones, Fox Hollow, 4 and 3
Landon Herndon, Mick Riley, d. Carsen Dopp, Ogden, 4 and 3
Darrin Overson, Timpanogos, d. Andrew Cottle, Lakeside, 3 and 2
Ryan Brimley, Bountiful Ridge, d. Landon Anderson, Oakridge, 4 and 3
Brock Goyen, Fox Hollow, d. Zach Dallimore, Davis Park, 19 holes
Cameron Tucker, Valley View, d. Nick Killpack, Bloomington, 19 holes
Max Brenchley, Alpine, d. David Jennings, Valley View, 20 holes
Braxton Leetham, Fox Hollow, d. Danny Hafen, Valley View, 5 and 4